Getting stranded in a strange place is quite a fearsome experience but Filipino hospitality will make that place warm and cozy and will make anyone feel that they are home.
Netizen Ian Cary Prado was onboard a bus traveling to Tuguegarao City when it suddenly stopped at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon on the side of a rice field on a highway in Nueva Ecija. According to the driver, there is a problem with the steering wheel. It’s a good thing that they had not reached the mountains yet. Otherwise, they would have been in grave danger.
The driver instructed them to wait for the rescue bus to pick them up and bring them to their destination. However, the said bus will be coming all the way from Meycauayan, Bulacan, so the passengers have no choice but to wait.
There are no restaurants nearby, and the sun was intensely hot. The passengers are growing impatient because of hunger and heat when it suddenly started to rain.
It’s getting dark. It is still raining, and there was no lamppost in the area. While Ian and the other passengers were seeking shelter from a nearby hut, an old lady with an umbrella approached them and invited them over to their house and offered them food.
They went inside the house, and there they saw the other passengers already eating while some were already done with their meals. The family opened all their canned goods so that all of the sixty passengers, including the driver, can eat. They even lit up their wood stove so they can cook food for them.
In spite of the trouble, the old lady said that they are happy to help and jokingly added that, serving them food made them feel like they just got married.
According to Ian, nobody felt like a stranger that night, even if they are from different provinces and have different status in life. They all felt comfortable and full amidst the rain and getting stranded in the middle of a dark rice field.
Their rescue bus came at 8:00 o’clock in the evening and before leaving, the passengers hugged the old lady, Pina Diaz, and some gave her tokens. They all wished her and her family all the blessings of the Lord.